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Identity

The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
Written by: Francis Fukuyama
Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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The New York Times best-selling author of The Origins of Political Order offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for domestic and international affairs of state 

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to “the people”, who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole. 

Demand for recognition of one’s identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal recognition on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious “identity liberalism” of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism. Populist nationalism, said to be rooted in economic motivation, actually springs from the demand for recognition and therefore cannot simply be satisfied by economic means. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy. 

Identity is an urgent and necessary book - a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict. 

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  • Ben
  • 2020-03-15

Don't let the narrator put you off

Fukuyama presents an intriguing argument, grounded in political philosophy, about the power of identity to either divide or to unite societies. it's an urgent question as we seek answers to the rise of populist nativism and the threat it poses to freedom. Fukuyama does a great job of making philosophy accessible but his narrator seems determined to so the opposite, speaking in a tone that sounds pompous and self-important. Eventually I got used to it but I would have preferred to hear the author himself

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Ruined by narration

This book should be an essential read for our times but was read like it was a dry business school textbook.

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  • Shahin
  • 2018-09-19

Robotic narrator

Book content was excellent, but the gentleman narrating it for audible audiobook version read it like a robot reads an official memo.

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  • Brad
  • 2018-11-14

Important Book; Destroyed.

If you can withstand unbearably horrible narration; narration so incredibly bad that you almost can't believe it; narration that gives rise to homicidal thoughts that you didn't even know you were capable of; narration that makes you long for (1) a chalkboard to scrape your fingernails on while (2) shooting your brains out with a very strong gun, then this is the audiobook for you. As far as books go, it's good. It's good in terms of being read - by you... not by this horrible, bad, in need of reprimand, so bad you can't believe it's possible, so called narrator. Dear GOD! WHY! Oh Audible... Please find someone... anyone... to re-read this. The book is too good to be destroyed by such an amazingly horrible narrator. Jeez.......

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-13

Good one if ur new to Fukuyama

Nice book only if u r new to Fukuyama but if u have read his others books then I think he is not offering that much of new thing other than repacking his idea

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  • D. Will Crowley
  • 2019-09-27

Let the author read!

I'm sick of voice actor readers on nonfiction books where the author is an articulate public speaker. Francis Fujiyama is a great communicator on this topic. He believes in it and understands it, so it's annoying to listen to someone else paid to just read the words on the page. The reader isn't bad at his job, he's just not the expert here.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-07-14

Great book destroyed by horrible reading

Is it possible to make fascinating ideas sound boring? Yes it is! Have P. J .Ochlan speak them out loud! I like this book. Fukuyama is great on this topic. Listen to the interviews with him whenever you can, or buy the printed book. But I couldn't even finish this book. This narration style is probably the worst I've heard in an audiobook.

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  • yana
  • 2019-07-12

Robot voice not human

I have just finished The End of History and I loved it. I want to listen to this program too, but this narration kills me. I'll return it.

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  • S. Archer
  • 2020-04-07

Book is good; audiobook is awful

I read this book before, and thoroughly enjoyed it. This should be required reading for any candidates for office! That said, I tried the audiobook to refresh my memory. The reading is awful. Sounds like a very dry monotone lecture. Would be great if it were read by a news anchor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-16

Great Book

A fair look at identity and its influence on politics and especially immigration. I just wish that James Bottomtooth wasn’t the narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-31

great book, bad narration

this is fantastic, but it took me a couple hours to get used to the narration. listen to a preview before purchasing..

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  • Charles
  • 2019-03-26

Good but ignored a crucial point

The author made a good case but I believe he ignored finer points that might have painted a different picture. Perhaps that came from a lack of a hands on knowledge of what he spoke of or perhaps he was blindsided by political perspective. I think two things must be added: firstly identities can be cultivated but also can also be consumed as a product. Second: the american situation is gridlocked artificially by the involvement of money and a wealthy donor class. Identity came to the front precisely because it served as a distraction from the rising economical inequalities brought by neo-liberalism.

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